Important Facts for New Dog & Cat Owners
We want your pet’s first visit to Sea Girt Animal Hospital to be a pleasant, informative experience for you and a happy experience for your pet. You will be greeted warmly and taken care of efficiently by our professional, friendly receptionists and your pet will be cared for by our compassionate technicians and veterinarians in our calming atmosphere.
It is critical to have your new pet examined as soon as possible. A thorough exam can determine if your pet has any infectious, congenital or inherited diseases.
- Puppies should receive Distemper-Hepatitis-Parainfluenza-Parvo-Leptospirosis vaccines at eight, 12 and 16 weeks.
- Rabies should be given between three and six months of age.
- A puppy’s first Rabies vaccine is good for one year, subsequent vaccines last three years.
- “Lifestyle” vaccines include Bordatella, and are recommended if your dog frequently comes into contact with other dogs, such as in a boarding kennel, groomers, dog shows or dog parks.
- Lyme vaccine is recommended if your dog will be exposed to ticks.
- Puppies begin heartworm preventatives monthly at 3-4 months old, and should continue this medication monthly for their lifetime. A blood test for heartworm is required annually.
- Kittens receive Rhinotracheitis-Calici-Panleukopenia vaccines at eight, 12, and 16 weeks, and Rabies at 16 weeks. Your cat should be tested for feline Leukemia and Aids, and feline Leukemia Virus vaccines should be considered if your cat is exposed to other felines or goes outside.
- We recommend spaying/neutering for dogs and cats at six months of age.
- It’s a good idea to bring a stool sample at your pet’s first visit so that we can check for internal parasites. Yearly fecal exams are recommended, as well as monthly flea and tick prevention year-round.
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